Bench Press Questions

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    Feb 09, 2013 6:27 PM GMT
    When you lie down on the bench to do a bench press is the bar

    a. at your forehead
    b. at your eyes
    c. at your mouth
    d. at your neck
    e. other

    After you lift it up and do repetitions, is the bar

    a. at the top of your pecs
    b. at the middle of your pecs
    c. at the bottom of your pecs
    d. all of the above
    e. other

    Range of motion in light weight, no spotting required, is

    a. 0 to 100% extension (let the bar touch your chest then go straight arm)
    b. 10% to 90% (never going to full extension lock)
    c. 25% to 75% range of motion
    d. other

    The bar is resting on hooks but there is another set of hooks about two inches below the top hooks. What are the lower hooks for and should you fuss with trying to put the bar in between the hooks?

    I don't have a flat back and I sleep on my side always. When I lie on the bench to do a bench press I like the way my spine tries to make my belly flat.

    Is lying flat on a bench press bench healthy for my alignment?

    Does it makes a difference if one

    a. leave feet on the floor
    b. put one's heels on the bench to keep the back flat
    c. cross the ankles

    Thank you.
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    Feb 09, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    check out mark rippetoe on youtube
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
    All of the above.

    Never a spotter.
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    When you lie down on the bench to do a bench press is the bar...c. at your mouth

    After you lift it up and do repetitions, is the bar...e. other (nipples)

    Range of motion in light weight, no spotting required, is...d. other (full extension to 2 inches above chest)

    The bar is resting on hooks but there is another set of hooks about two inches below the top hooks. What are the lower hooks for and should you fuss with trying to put the bar in between the hooks? Don't fuss. Just use them if you can't hook on the highest ones (oddly, some people do not have as long of arms as I do).

    Does it makes a difference if one
    a. leave feet on the floor
    b. put one's heels on the bench to keep the back flat
    c. cross the ankles
    d. No. Try all three. Advantages of b & c are that you may be less likely to bounce the weight by arching your back.
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    Feb 21, 2013 5:43 PM GMT
    My Answer :....icon_confused.gif *which I bet I fail!

    1. D

    2. B

    3. A

    4. B


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    Feb 21, 2013 6:08 PM GMT
    Johnnyhotsauce saidcheck out mark rippetoe on youtube


    This is correct.
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    Feb 24, 2013 2:46 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidWhen you lie down on the bench to do a bench press is the bar...c. at your mouth

    After you lift it up and do repetitions, is the bar...e. other (nipples)

    Range of motion in light weight, no spotting required, is...d. other (full extension to 2 inches above chest)

    The bar is resting on hooks but there is another set of hooks about two inches below the top hooks. What are the lower hooks for and should you fuss with trying to put the bar in between the hooks? Don't fuss. Just use them if you can't hook on the highest ones (oddly, some people do not have as long of arms as I do).

    Does it makes a difference if one
    a. leave feet on the floor
    b. put one's heels on the bench to keep the back flat
    c. cross the ankles
    d. No. Try all three. Advantages of b & c are that you may be less likely to bounce the weight by arching your back.


    this is all awesome information.
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    Mar 21, 2013 12:45 PM GMT
    StephenOABC said
    The bar is resting on hooks but there is another set of hooks about two inches below the top hooks. What are the lower hooks for and should you fuss with trying to put the bar in between the hooks?


    I use these lower hooks (when i don't have a spotter) to push out an extra rep when i think I cant press another.. security knowing that I dont have to do full ROM if my chest gives way and can just rack them on the lower pegs icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 21, 2013 9:32 PM GMT
    A but it's not that important
    B and it's quite important
    B and it's quite important
    Irrelevant
    Irrelevant
    Irrelevant

    None of your options are dangerous but some of them are "cheating" the correct form e.g. top of pecs, 25-75% range of motion.